10 Vital Steps to Improve Your Triathlon Swim

This article is completely focused on traiathlon and helps the triatheletes to recognize their talent and abilities, all that they need is a different techniques and styles of training to improve their swimming skills. For instance, the six feet, four inches Phelps can propel 2m like a speed boat, which is not possible for a normal people. And also he swims 45 miles per week, which is incredible but you have to concentrate on other two sports along with swimming. Recently I completed a triathlon in St George Utah, and it was an incredible experience to say the least.

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The basic pool principle is that all triathletes and swimmers should learn to streamline their techniques and maintain their body strength then it is easy to achieve their goal faster.

If you are a beginner in triathlon swim, then you can go with any stroke in the swim, but focous mostly on freestyle because it gives you best cardio workout. Freestyle stroke helps you move all your muscles and helps you build core strength and also helps you burn calories. Here you can find 10 steps to improve your triathlon swim.

  1. Swim tall: Terry Laughlin says that water is thousand times denser than air. The important factor is to slide your body through the small hole in the water. Think that the central axis expanding from the apex of your head to the other opposite end of the pool. Turn your body along with axis for each stroke, extending your top arm forward, and keep your abs and lower back tight as you use the force from both your legs and arms.
  2. Dive an anchor: Swimming requires movements from both arms and feet. With your hand and a forearm you hold the water at the right angle towards your upper arm and plowing in like you are collecting sand with a scoop. Keep your hands flat, firm and broad. You should not push your arm through the water the extent as affixing it and pulling your body above it.
  3. Heavy Rotation: Each stokes starts with your arm and the side of your body pointing at the bottom of the swimming pool. The other side of the body should be lifted with the arm which finished the stroke and ready to get back into the water. In the mean time your other arm pulls the water when you turn your upper body to provide acceleration.
  4. Put your head down: Freestyle swimmers hold their head high. This may force to drop the rest of the body rotating it into a high drag digging. When you keep your head down it helps you cut drag, and keep your upper body high, which may reduce strain on your lower back and neck.
  5. Find your slide lane: Fewer strokes are good when you are swimming in the pool. But, your goal must be high DPS (Distance per Stroke). The Ace swimmers like Phelps can easily swim 25m in just 7 strokes. You can try to swim in below 20 by saving energy. Pull your body above your anchor and keep on swimming forwards with one arm backwards and other one forward. When you feel you are slowing down, then start the next stroke.
  6. Pull your feet: According to Phelps, if you kick well, then you are good swimmer. The secret is rotating your feet into arms. Your legs should be tight and cut through the water, and your feet must be flexible. This will help you break the down stroke for each kick, and help you rotate your torso through the central axis.
  7. Hold your breath: Don’t waste your breath. Gasping for air each time when your put your head near the surface is not a ideal way. Instead, count each breath. Insistently breathe out the air from your lungs before taking full breath quickly on the high side. First time swimmers must breathe after each stroke, but when their stamina increases, they can try taking breath on alternate strokes. It will reduce the strain on your shoulders and neck.
  8. Find your racing structure: Your body structure must be fit for training, when the triathlon race begins, you will forget how to carry out. It happens to every swimmer, once you start swimming, you just want to see other triathletes are doing and how well they are performing. You don’t need to swim fast during the initial stage of triathlon; it can reduce your energy levels, so the best way is to maintain your effectiveness at high intensity.
  9. Find your Sill: Take 5 minutes to warm up, and then take 500m test. Start at a speed where you can clasp for more than 500m and increase gradually so that you can put 90% effort for the last 100m.
  10. Drill bits: Avoid dangers with simple swimming drills, asks your coach about the drill bits and in no time you will become a pro swimmer.

Follow these ten step to became a pro swimmer and improve you triathlon swim. Understanding your weak points and taking help from expert swimmer can help your improve your techniques and help you swim better. Try these ten useful tips and become a ace swimmer in no time.

Hiking in Southern Utah Tips

If you are on a hike, always remember to take with you great memories and photos that will last for a lifetime and leave everything what you find behind. There are so many wonderful things to see and hike to, that was our conclusion last time we stayed in a motel in St. George Utah, so that we could hike in Zion. Truly what a wonderful place to visit and hike to.

Zion Mists

Photo Credit: John Fowler

Below are some of the most useful tips to guide your hiking trip remarkably:

  1. Have early plans and preparations. Consider the area and weather condition when planning to go for a hike. Take preparations such as keeping a small group to minimize impacts and the use of high times for trails should be avoided. Likewise, staying away from shortcuts and walking in one file will prevent the trail and surrounding ecosystems from being harmed.
  2. Travel and find durable surfaces to camp. Resilient grounds such as surfaces with a combination of rock, gravel, sand, dry grass or snow are tough which could hold heavy activities. To avoid widening the trail, walk through puddles or mud.
  3. Proper waste disposal. A good practice in hiking is that you need to pack in what you have packed out to avoid loitering of waste such as food wrappers and other biodegradable trash like banana peelings and the like. “Negative trace’ is likewise a good practice which you have to pick up the rubbish left unattended by others. Catholes should be used to dispose human waste and dug 6-8 inches in soil for an approximate 200 feet distant from any water source. Hygiene products and sanitary papers should be packed out.
  4. Value wildlife. Allow wildlife to live the way they used to be. Remember never to feed them with human food because this act could upset their natural foraging habits. Keep distance away from them and never try to approach them. Pets should be controlled in natural areas and keep them restrained at all times.
  5. Lessen the impacts of campfire. If possible use small camping stoves which are efficient for cooking and will not leave any trace on the site. Allow a small camp fire or if probable go without it. Also, burn only a small diameter of wood on the ground and be aware of fire danger level in the area. Fallen or live trees by no means should be damaged. Ensure that campfire is totally smothered before leaving the campsite.
  6. Do not take what you find. Everything on the hiking site should be for your eyes only and leave it behind. Do not take what you find and let them stay belonged in the wilderness. Prevent yourself from disrupting historic or cultural artifacts, picking plants or moving rocks.
  7. Feel considerate to fellow tourists. Value the rights of other trail users. Show them respect by not making voices or noises intrusively loud. Observe proper trail rules such as right of way. Position your campsites away from trails. Attracting visual impacts should also be minimized by wearing earth colors such as black, brown, tan or green.

With all the useful information above, enjoy the wonders of the outdoors but keep in mind to keep them reserved for the future generation to enjoy as well.

When Traveling, The Actual Destination Isn’t Generally Important

Traveling in itself is a pleasure. For me perhaps it is the greatest pleasure. I keep finding cases and listen to people and discredit the fact of traveling talking about the importance of the destination, ignoring the really important part of a trip.

I understand that visiting Thailand, travel around Argentina from Buenos Aires to Patagonia or around Iceland enjoying some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world is very attractive, but we cannot forget that travel far beyond the fate of the wonderful places that hides our planet and the exotic name of the place we visited.

Traveling is a complete experience, ranging from companionship you can show to those who are with you, until you learn about the simple things around you. It is precisely the latter that I personally full of travel. When in my daily life I enjoy with my friends, I do it in a controlled environment in which we know well, but the situation changes when we travel. Smiling, enjoy and be happy next to the people we want on a trip is a way to discover that every day we are surrounded by one of the most important gifts anyone can receive, and it does not matter where.

A few weeks ago I visited with some of my best friends, a place much less likely to call my attention to Chichen Itza in Mexico or Petra in Jordan, but where I turned myself to remember the importance of being surrounded by the people, something which unfortunately forget the routine of our lives.

Finally I want to clarify that I am not advocating some destinations over others, just trying to remember that traveling is an experience far superior to where we’re going, and includes such important things like friendship, trust and love.